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Local Vet says he shouldn't be blamed for emaciated dog

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-A female pit bull puppy named Metro is on the road to recovery after being found last Wednesday outside Anderson Inner city Animal Hospital, shivering and emaciated.

The Erie County SPCA is investigating how the puppy ended up there.

However, Doctor Hector Anderson who owns the East side veterinary hospital has been getting negative attention since then.

"We have multiple calls, derogatory calls; verbal, foul messages have been left here and in the Ransomville office," said Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital Owner Dr. Hector Anderson.

The puppy was spotted by Rural Metro ambulance drivers who then informed a janitor at Anderson's hospital.

The janitor was already contacting the SPCA but the Rural Metro drivers took the puppy to the Tonawanda shelter on their own.

Anderson was not at his clinic that day and says he’s received flack because his employee, the janitor, did not try to assist the animal.

"You don’t know what the vaccination history is on the dog; he hasn’t trained to handle dogs. You have to have a noose or a leash to put on the dog suppose that dog bites you," said Anderson.

YNN reached out to the SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr but she declined to speak on the matter.

She said the organization has no issue with the doctor except she wishes he would train all of his staff to handle animals.

Anderson says he’s committed to helping animals like the two pitbulls he’s kept after a patient didn’t return to pick them up.

He also cites his track record of working with pet owners on veterinary costs.

"Am I going to refuse to take care of that dog or that cat with a fractured leg because they don’t have any money. No I don’t because I took an oath," said Anderson.

Anderson says he is working Niagara county Sheriff’s Office and Buffalo Police to review the threatening calls he’s received.

Meanwhile the Erie County SPCA says people can continue donate to Metro's care.

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